Local author and Stonehill College sociology professor Corey Dolgon will discuss his new book, KILL IT TO SAVE IT: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy. Join us in the cafe, grab a beer or glass of wine, and join in what's sure to be a great conversation. Corey will be signing books following the discussion.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
For decades now, American voters have been convinced to support public policies that only benefit those in power. But how do the powerful extract consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied? And why do so many Americans seem to have given up on quality public education, on safe food and safe streets, on living wages—even on democracy itself? Kill It to Save It lays bare the hypocrisy of contemporary US political discourse, documenting the historical and theoretical trajectory of capitalism’s triumph over democracy.
Tackling the interconnected issues of globalization, neoliberalism, and declining public institutions, Corey Dolgon argues that American citizens now accept reform policies that destroy the public sector (seemingly in the public interest) and a political culture that embraces what Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness”—a willingness to agree to arguments that feel right “in the gut” regardless of fancy science or messy facts. In a narrative that stretches from the post‒Vietnam War era to the present parade of political reality TV and debates over Black Lives Matter, Dolgon dismantles US common-sense cultural discourse. His original, alternative account reveals that this ongoing crisis in US policy will not cease until a critical mass of American citizens recognize what has been lost, and in whose interest.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dolgon became Stonehill's first director of the new Office of Community-Based Learning after serving 10 years as professor and chair of Worcester State College's Sociology department as well as the director of its Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement.
An expert in several areas of sociology and service learning, Dolgon is the author of 3 books, including the forthcoming Living Sociology: Social Problems, Service Learning, and Civic Engagement. He has also written numerous articles and book reviews which have appeared in anthologies, journals, and magazines.
An accomplished singer, Dolgon performs "singing lectures" on the role of folksongs in labor organizing and other social movements.
His prior teaching appointments include Harvard University, where he was a visiting professor from 2000-2003, and Clark University.